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23 Mar

Absolute Trust: Falling into God's Arms

It’s silly, I know, to approach a conversation about trust with the proverbial “trust-fall” analogy, but the reason it's so overdone is because it’s just so relatable. We’ve all experienced it: that delighted, nervous squirm after agreeing to give it a try, facing forward without seeing what the person behind you is doing, nerves ratcheting up at the thought of what you’ve just committed to, the tentative count off “three, two, one!”, the first tip backward when you could still catch yourself, and then the swoop in your belly when you lock your knees and pass the point of no return, fully committed to trusting the other person to catch you, and finally, the relief when you feel arms come up under your own, giggling madly at the rush of feeling.

21 Mar

Giving as Worship: A Visit With a CRM Champion

CRM is a missions organization, but it is not just made up of missionaries. CRM only exists because of dynamic partnerships between missionaries and ministry partners. The people who get behind what God is doing through CRM and become champions of the ministry make a huge impact on us and on the world.

So we found ourselves asking, Why do they do it? What does it mean to them to be connected to us?

16 Mar

No Resources? No Problem! Saying Yes to God No Matter What

When Tshepiso plays the drums, his whole face lights up—his smile goes from ear to ear and his eyes widen with the same delight a child has when their wildest dream comes true. The passion and joy radiate off of him so strongly you can't help but be infected by it.

One Sunday I was leading worship in the youth group, and Tshepiso was scheduled to play on drums. I arrived fifteen minutes early only to find Tshepiso already behind the drum kit, sitting and staring at the drums with what looked like a mixture of wonder and reverence. If you knew his story, you would understand why.

14 Mar

Transformational Partnerships: One Missionary-Supporter Relationship that Changed Everyone

When I first joined CRM I had no idea what I was doing when it came to fundraising. I’d quit my job at the church and had no more income coming in—then realized I had to fundraise for ministry! No one had told me how long it takes to fundraise. Not a great start!

10 Mar

Blessed to Give: How Generosity Changes Us

I still remember the time, several years ago, when I sat in my newfound church and heard my pastor, Pete McKenzie, challenge everyone in our congregation to give to at least two missionaries on top of our regular giving. I was excited about the thought of investing more fully into Kingdom work. I also understood the need, after meeting many full-time missionaries around the world while participating in short-term missions. At the same time, I wondered how I was going to pull it off. I was in my 20’s, teaching at a Christian school, and making extremely meager wages. I remember the Spirit compelling me to take a step of faith to give, not out of what felt like abundance, but out of what felt like little. For me, giving generously of my time and talents was easier and much more natural; I would feel giving financially in a much different way—a more sacrificial way. What I had little idea of at the time was how much God would use this practice of generosity to teach me and form my heart, in ways that would go far beyond what I ever imagined.  

07 Mar

Mathematics of Mentoring

 1+1+2 = 270

Wait, what kind of math equation is that?

It’s math that captures the power of mentoring in God’s Kingdom, where investing in one person can impact a whole community or even multiple communities.

03 Mar

Pour Out Your Cup [Devotional]

Recently, while praying, I saw myself standing next to Niagara Falls with a small cup of water.

As some of you may know, the Niagara Falls combine to form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world: more than 6 million cubic feet (168,000 m3) of water falls over the crest line every minute.

28 Feb

Better Together: How Serving God as a Community Makes Us More Effective

You’ve probably heard stewardship talked about from the standpoint of talents. Are you offering your personal time and talents to God? Are you using what he gave you for his glory?

What we don’t talk about so often is assessing our unique contribution corporately, not just as individuals. What is your local church called to steward? What has God given you as a body, that he would ask you to invest into the world?

24 Feb

Living Simply for the Kingdom [Devotional]

MARK 10:17-23 (ESV) | And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.

21 Feb

Stewardship Is a Dirty Word

I need to confess. Sometimes when I used to hear the word “stewardship,” especially from the pulpit, I would cringe. I know! I know! Tithing is important! Give God your first fruits! All these things I know are true, but so often they were the predecessor to a guilt-laden ask to give money, which I begrudgingly gave. That doesn’t feel like a blessing at all—just an obligation.